Well yesterday was fun. Kentucky picked up a massive road win against not only just one of the best teams in the SEC, but also what I believe is one of the better teams in the entire country.
The story of the game? A massive start to the second half that saw the Cats get out to a big lead which somehow flipped the three point switch for Auburn and the three ball began to fall. Auburn took the lead in the closing seconds, but clutch free throws down the stretch gave the Cats an 82-80 victory. Now on to the news:
Keldon Johnson bounced back from Scoreless Game vs. Georgia
We all say it seemingly after every game. For this Kentucky team to be successful, Keldon Johnson HAS to play well. Sure, there was an exception on Tuesday night against a bad Georgia team, but to beat a good team, Johnson must be a star player.
A star player he was yesterday on the plains. The UK freshman scored 20 points, which tied with Tyler Herro for the team lead, and was a major difference in the game. One of the biggest shots in the entire game was a three by Johnson as the shot clock was expiring in the second half. It stopped a huge momentum turn for Auburn.
If Johnson continues this stretch for the next few games, this could turn into a massive run for the Cats, but consistency has to be key.
The game didn’t start great for Johnson as it took a teammate to tell him to… well…. you can probably read his lips:
— Just-in (@Justin_BBN) January 19, 2019
After this moment, he turned it on. In all seriousness, this was a true leadership moment for Hagans and a good sign moving forward.
Tom Hart with a Big Time Tweet Postgame
Everyone’s favorite tv play-by-play announcer, Tom Hart, gave a nice compliment to the Cats after he caught up with the games. This was his opinion on a specific sequence in the game:
The first 3:30 of the second half (as part of that 19-2 run) had the Cats looking like Bahamas Cats. Keldon strong, PJ with his left, and Herro corner 3'. That's UK at it's best.
— Tom Hart (@tom_hart) January 20, 2019
Personally, I could not agree with him more. That run to end the first half and begin the second was some of the best basketball I have seen this team play since the Bahamas. Is it sustainable for a full 40 minutes? Maybe not, but when this team plays that way and fits those keys, there aren’t many teams in the country that can actually beat them.
Charles Barkley and John Calipari have a funny interaction
In case you didn’t watch ESPN’s coverage of the game, “the Round Mound of Rebound” himself, Charles Barkley, was in attendance to cheer on his alma mater. He spent a segment in the first half with the ESPN broadcast in which he had a point where he was very complimentary of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation.
After the game, Barkley went into the press area during Calipari’s postgame interview in what turned into a perfect moment. Just as a heads up, there is a NSFW moment right at the beginning of the clip:
— Menser (@bballmenser) January 20, 2019
Barkley is one of my favorite studio analysts in sports. His humor and knowledge of the game is unmatched and he works perfectly with the TNT crew for NBA games.
Anthony Edwards to visit Kentucky this Week
While most fans were focusing on the game, some big recruiting news came through the wire with Anthony Edwards announcing that he will be visiting Lexington this week.
While most believe that he is headed to Tallahassee to suit up for former Kentucky assistant Leonard Hamilton, getting him on campus is a big deal.
For more on the announcement, including when specifically he will be in town, click here.
College GameDay to come to Lexington next weekend
In what might have been the least surprising news of yesterday, College GameDay officially announced that they will be bringing their show back to Lexington for the 10th straight year.
With Kansas coming to town, a possible top ten matchup (although Kansas did lose to unranked WVU) is one that producers are obviously excited about. Plus, Kentucky fans always show up in mass numbers.
Heck, this even gives me an excuse to share the video of the first of the ten straight. The moment where many say, “Kentucky Basketball was back.”
The Super Bowl will be set Today
We are only two weeks away from one of the best days in sports; Super Bowl Sunday. After today, we will know the two teams that will be making the trip to Atlanta to compete for the Lombardi Trophy.
Only one former Cat remains, Larry Warford and his New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams at 3:05 EST on FOX.
The AFC Championship pits young vs. old as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs welcome in Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Kick for that game is scheduled for 6:40pm on CBS.
Not that you really care who I am picking, but I am taking the Saints and Chiefs. Every dynasty has to come to an end at some point.
With all of that being said, this probably guarantees that the Rams and Patriots will be meeting up in two weeks in the Super Bowl.
That wraps up your news for the day. If you are in an area that has been affected by #Snowmaggedon, be safe and enjoy your Sunday. Go Cats!